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Aitken, A. W.
The Story of Hydro Electric Development on the Waikato River
Second Australasian Conference on Engineering Heritage, Auckland, 14-16 February, 2000: Proceedings
Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, 2000, pp. 1-5

The development of the Hydro Resources of the Waikato river have played a major part in New Zealand's economic growth. Altogether the eight projects built between 1924 and 1964 utilise 89% of the total fall available between Lake Taupo and the sea. This provides a total peak generating capacity of 1,045 megawatts of pollution free renewable energy. Despite the difficulties imposed by the geological nature of the underlying rock encountered, the qualities of which were virtually unknown at the start, and utilising techniques at the forefront of world technology, the schemes were built and remain testimony to the design and construction capacity of the Ministry of Works (Public Works Department) and the NZ Electricity Department (State Hydro Electricity Department). The primary printed source for this paper, and of figures 1-8, is the book 'People, Politics and Power Stations' edited by John Martin, see Reference.

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